The Liability of Classification Societies

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Springer Science & Business Media, 2007 M06 30 - 380 pages
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Classification societies are discharging various functions in the interest of flag States and shipowners. They are important actors in the system of maritime safety. Because the liability of shipowners is limited, classification societies have been considered as exempt from liability for a long time – and in several jurisdictions this view still prevails. This study analyses which actions of classification societies may give rise to claims and whether or not the societies can be held liable under English, German or United States maritime law. Moreover, the fundamental aspects of an international convention on the limitation of the liability of classification societies are developed.

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B Private Operations and Public Functions in Detail
Obligations of the Classification Society
NonDelegable Duty of the Shipowner to Make the Vessel Seaworthy
Liability under United States Law
Liability under German Law
Damage Caused by Both a Classification and Statutory
A Convention on the Limitation of Liability of Classification
Table of Cases 351
Table of International Conventions
Index 373

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